Planksgiving Pilates Party: Work It

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SORE NOT SORRY! That’s what the guests of the Planksgiving Pilates Party at Athleta UWS were undoubtedly saying the day after Kristin McGee’s ABSolutely awesome Planksgiving Pilates Workout. I know I was. ???? In case you missed this plank-themed fitness bash, which benefitted City Harvest, here are some favorite poses for you to try to get holiday-ready!

Opening Stretch: Take a deep breath and bring arms overhead.

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Crescent Lunge with Side Stretch: Step into a Crescent lunge and reach up and back. After you’re in the pose, take a side stretch by leaning to each side.

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Plank with Leg Raise and Pulse: Go down on all fours and raise one leg straight back and pulse for 10 seconds. Repeat on opposite side.

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Bird Dog: Get onto all fours Raise one leg back and then opposite arm forward. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat on opposite side.

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Rolling Like a Ball: Get down into a ball position, holding on to the opposite ankle, and roll.

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Glute Bridge Lift With One Leg: Lay back into a bridge and slowly lift one leg up. Hold for 20 seconds. Repeat on opposite side.

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Climb a Tree: Lay down on back with one leg straight on floor (keep flat on floor) and other leg straight up. Climb up the leg with hand behind leg (easier) or in front (challenge) up to the toes and back down. 10 reps, Repeat on other leg.

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Roll Up: Lay down on back and roll up upper body to touch your toes. Slowly roll back down. Repeat 10x.

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Double Leg Lower and Lift: lay on back with hand behind head and both legs straight up. Lower at the same time as far as you can go while keeping your lower back touching the floor.

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Mermaid: Sit down on knees, push feet out to one side and reach to same side for an amazing obliques stretch. Repeat on opposite side.

Inhale, Exhale.

Stay in touch for more from the Planksgiving Pilates Party including holiday fitness style and the cause, City Harvest.

Best, Ashley

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